History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of transgression, if thou art not <cautious> aware, thou wilt  fall; but remember God is merciful. Therefore  repent of that which thou hast done. which  is contrary to the commandment. which I gave,  and thou art still chosen. and art again call ed, to the work. Except thou do this, thou shalt  be delivered up, and become as other men. and  have no more <having no> gift.
And when thou  deliverdest up, that which God gave you thee sight  and power to translate; thou deliverdest up that  which was sacred, into the hands of <a> wicked  man; who has set at nought the counsels of  God; and broken the most sacred promises,  which were made before God, and depended  upon his own judgment. and boasted in his  own wisdom; and this is the reason why thou hast lost  thy privileges for a season; for thou hast suffered the cou nsel of thy director, to be trampled upon from. the be ginning. Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for  inasmuch as the knowledge of a Saviour, has come unto <the world,>  through the testimony of the Jews; even so shall the know ledge of a Saviour. come unto my people, and to the  Nephites, and to the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the  Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers, and this  testimony shall come unto the knowledge, of <the> Lamanites,  and the Lemulites, and the Ishmaelites, who <dwindled> dwindled  in unbelief, because of the iniquities, of their father’s, whom  the Lord has suffered to destroy their bretheren, the Ne phites, because of their eniquities, and abominations; &  for this very purpose, are these plates preserved, contain ing these records; that the promises of the Lord might be  fulfilled, which he made to his people; and that the  Lamenites, might come to a knowledge of their fathers,  and that they might know the prom[i]ses of the Lord; and  that they might believe the Gospel, and rely on the merits, of  Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance, they might be saved. [p. 16]
of transgression, if thou art not cautious , thou wilt fall; but remember God is merciful. Therefore repent of that which thou hast done. which is contrary to the commandment. which I gave, and thou art still chosen. and art again called, to the work. Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up, and become as other men. having no gift.
And when thou deliverdest up, that which God gave thee sight and power to translate; thou deliverdest up that which was sacred, into the hands of a wicked man; who has set at nought the counsels of God; and broken the most sacred promises, which were made before God, and depended upon his own judgment. and boasted in his own wisdom; and this is the reason why thou hast lost thy privileges for a season; for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director, to be trampled upon from. the beginning. Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for inasmuch as the knowledge of a Saviour, has come unto the world, through the testimony of the Jews; even so shall the knowledge of a Saviour. come unto my people, and to the Nephites, and to the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers, and this testimony shall come to the knowledge, of the Lamanites, and the Lemulites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief, because of the iniquities, of their father’s, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their bretheren, the Nephites, because of their eniquities, and abominations; & for this very purpose, are these plates preserved, containing these records; that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; and that the Lamenites, might come to a knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord; and that they believe the Gospel, and rely on the merits, of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance, they might be saved. [p. 16]
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